April 9, 2004 |
The president who led this blood-soaked nation through the waning years of an Islamist uprising appeared poised to win a second term Thursday in an election that was seen as a test of Algeria's democratic leanings. In a land where elections are often tangled with the threat of violence, the voting went off without widespread rioting, bombing or battles.
April 18, 2014 |
Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika secured a fourth five-year tenure Friday after amassing nearly 82% of votes, according to initial results announced by Interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz. The landslide victory in Thursday's election was widely foreseen, despite opposition from Islamists and leftist groups, and his poor health. Bouteflika, 77, is recovering from a stroke and made few public appearances. Ali Benflis, considered the strongest among five challengers to Bouteflika, came in second, with 12% of the vote, Belaiz said.
February 22, 2014 |
CAIRO -- Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika ended months of speculation about his political future by announcing Saturday that he would run for a fourth term in office, Algeria's state news agency, APS , reported. The relatively weak Algerian opposition has often said that the 76-year-old, who suffered a stroke last year, lacks the physical abilities to prolong his 15-year rule of country. However, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal denied that Bouteflika 's health is an issue when he confirmed the president's candidacy in the election scheduled for April 17. "President Bouteflika is healthy and he has the required intellectual capacities and vision to fulfill his duties," Sellal said Saturday at a news conference at the African Conference on Green Economy in the western Algerian city of Oran.
September 7, 2007 |
A suicide bomber killed 15 people in the Algerian town of Batna, shortly before a scheduled visit by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, state television reported. Bouteflika, who later visited some of the 74 wounded in a hospital, blamed Islamist rebels. Residents said that the bomb was detonated among a crowd waiting to see the president arrive. "Terrorist acts have absolutely nothing in common with the noble values of Islam," Bouteflika was quoted as saying.
April 1, 2005 |
Algerian security force members were responsible for the abduction and disappearances of 6,146 civilians during a decade-long struggle with Islamic rebels, a government-appointed commission concluded. The civilians are presumed killed. Farouk Ksentini, appointed by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to conduct the investigation, said the forces had acted on their own, not on orders of the state.
November 23, 1999 |
A prominent leader of Algeria's outlawed Islamic Salvation Front who opposed the government but had spoken out for peace and reconciliation was slain as he was leaving a dental clinic in Algiers. Abdelkader Hachani, 43, was shot twice in the head and once in the chest by an unknown assailant, according to news service reports and a statement on state-run radio.